Background

As I titled this post, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs is “I Can Play the Background” by Lecrae. The connection seemed arbitrary at first, but as I thought about the lyrics, the association became clearer. The second verse says: I had a dream that I was captain of my soul I…

Associate!

The Lord continues to bless my path before I walk it! Today marks the culmination of my first full week teaching as a paid employee! In addition, I received a call during lunch notifying me that I have been accepted as an Associate Missionary with New Tribes Mission, allowing me to begin the process of…

Reflecting on Interface

I loved Interface! This past weekend, I traveled to Pennsylvania for the first-ever offical ITF reunion. I left encouraged, challenged, and renewed with a passion for mission here and abroad, but especially for the unreached people of the world. Last week, just before I left for the reunion, my representative at NTM asked me what…

Caffeine and a Message

Most people would question my sanity if informed that I drove through the night for the sole purpose of stopping to visit old friends prior to attending a mission trip reunion. Perhaps, rightly so. When I arrived at Miracle Mountain Ranch at 5 a.m., I took a short nap, unaffected by the overdose of caffeine…

Update on Meredith

The latest update: After physical therapists evaluated Meredith yesterday, she has made a lot of progress! Susan found her sitting up in a recliner, she walked down the hallway and back, dressed in regular clothes, and thoroughly enjoyed visitors today, even after she was visibly tired. Meredith still has most of her beautiful, VERY long…

Running Behind

I hate the feeling of being behind! Embedded deep within me is a desire to fulfill everyone’s expectations, and even to exceed them. When I do not get things done on time, or do them half-way, it is frustrating to me. This week has been a whirlwind of unorganized chaos! The exciting and grand news…

Praying for Meredith

For those of you who are joining me in prayer for Meredith, the latest update is that she has been diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer. The prognosis is not great. Surgery was done on Monday to remove 1/3 of the tumor (all that they could safely remove). The remaining tumor needs immediate treatment as…

Heavy Weight

Many times, I put off writing a blog post until I find some gleam of hope or sense victory. After all, who wants to read about defeat, or worse yet, a quitter? With blessing after blessing being poured into my life, I found writing this post even harder than normal. The Lord continues to flood…

Please Pray!

Please join me in prayer for Meredith, a seventeen year old girl who attends my local church in Fort Wayne. Last week, her parents took her to the emergency room after a prolonged severe headache. At Parkview, they determined that the pain was the result of a brain tumor. Due to her age and the…

God Bids Us Choose

“Through such trials, God bids us to choose. Do we believe, or do we not? Will we be bold enough to love, daring enough to serve, humble enough to submit, and strong enough to acknowledge our limitations? Can we surrender our concern in things that don’t matter so that we might devote our remaining days…

Miracles and Critics

I have been reading A Praying Life by Paul Miller over the last several weeks and meditating on his comparison of a critic to the praying life. Undeniably, I am typically a critic. I pray, but still rationalize the impossibility of an answer in my favor. If my bank account shows a minimum balance, then it…